Safety performance indicators
High level outcome measures
|Number of deaths resulting from road crashes||1,426||1,296||-9.1%|
|Number of road crashes resulting in deaths||1,297||1,203||-7.3%|
|Number of deaths per 100,000 population||6.6||5.4||-18.7%|
|Number of deaths per 100 million vehicle-kilometres travelled||0.63||0.52||-18.0%|
|Number of deaths per 10,000 registered vehicles||0.91||0.70||-22.5%|
Safety performance indicators
|Number of deaths from head-on crashes||271||268||-1.2%|
|Number of deaths from single-vehicle crashes||651||572||-12.1%|
|Number of deaths from intersection crashes||301||268||-11.0%|
|Number of deaths from crashes on metropolitan roads3||490||452||-7.8%|
|Number of deaths from crashes on regional roads||787||720||-8.5%|
|Number of deaths from crashes on remote roads4||137||123||-10.4%|
|Number of deaths from crashes where speed was a contributory factor||N/A||N/A|
|Mean free speeds at designated sites across the network||N/A||N/A|
|Percentage of vehicles speeding by vehicle type and offence category||N/A||N/A|
|Average age of the Australian vehicle fleet (years)5||10.0||10.1||+1.0%|
|Average age of passenger vehicles||9.7||9.8||+1.0%|
|Percentage of new light vehicles sold with a 5-star ANCAP rating6||56% (2010)||88%||57.1%|
|Percentage of new vehicles sold with key safety features||N/A||N/A|
|Safe people—responsible road use|
|Number of young driver and motorcycle rider deaths (aged 17–25 yrs)||223||179||-19.6%|
|Number of deaths from crashes involving a young driver or motorcycle rider (aged 17–25 yrs)||470||351||-25.3%|
|Number of older driver and motorcycle rider deaths (aged 65+ yrs)||114||143||+25.8%|
|Number of deaths from crashes involving an older driver or motorcycle rider (aged 65+ yrs)||208||235||+12.8%|
|Number of motorcyclist deaths||232||251||+8.3%|
|Number of cyclist deaths||32||29||-10.3%|
|Number of pedestrian deaths||186||182||-2.3%|
|Number of deaths from crashes involving a heavy vehicle||254||210||-17.2%|
|Safe people—irresponsible road use7|
|Number of drivers and motorcycle riders killed with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit 8||149||94||-36.9%|
|Number of deaths from crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit11||214||128||-40.2%|
|Number of deaths from crashes involving an unlicensed driver or motorcycle rider9||143||120||-15.9%|
|Number of vehicle occupants killed who were not wearing a restraint||215||156||-27.6%|
|Number of drivers and motorcycle riders killed who had an illegal drug in their system11||53||73|
|Number of deaths from crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider who had an illegal drug in their system||84||114|
1 Average annual number during the three-year period 2008 to 2010. Note the baseline figures shown here are rounded to whole numbers, but were not rounded to calculate percentage change calculations. The baseline figures were updated in 2017 and will vary from previous reports.
2 Uses data from the National Crash Database
3 This count excludes Hobart and Darwin. Uses Australian Statistical Geography Standard Remoteness Structure from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
4 Totals for metropolitan, regional and remote categories do not add to the annual totals because some fatalities could not be coded to a regional category.
5 Based on estimates from the annual Motor Vehicle Census, Australian Bureau of Statistics.
6 This data sourced from ANCAP.
7 Fatality counts for each of the following indicators are lower-bound estimates —due to a substantial number of cases with unknown values.
8 Data excludes Victoria as BAC data were unavailable, and excludes Western Australia as licensing data (needed to determine legal BAC limit) was unavailable.
9 Excludes data from Western Australia as licensing data was unavailable.
10 Excludes data from ACT
11 Excludes data from Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia. Data was not collected before 2010.